Returning last night by plane from a trip with a self-imposed news blackout, I was pleased to learn through a small-ish piece in the inside pages of the International Herald Tribune that Gary Dobson and David Norris had been found guilty of the murder, 18 years ago, of Stephen Lawrence—one of the most important domestic news stories of my lifetime. Hungry for more, I gazed at the Daily Mail over the shoulder of a woman in the next aisle. When I saw that she was reading about the Lawrence story on (I think) page 13 or 14, my first thought was that the Mail had buried it. But after borrowing the paper, I saw that the coverage, relatively far back in the paper, was part of a package that started on page one, and which called for the other three suspects—Neil and Jamie Acourt and Luke Knight—to be jailed as well. Impressive.
In praise of Paul Dacre
The Gaffer / April 13, 2010
Since the early days of the printing press in the 16th century—an era when matches...